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IATSE on The Confirmation Of Amy Coney Barrett To The Supreme Court Of The United States

That it occurred during the pendency of a presidential election with over 50 million votes having been cast so far in early voting with a week remaining in the voting period is without parallel. With the confirmation of Justice Barrett, there are no vacancies on federal appellate courts. All vacancies on the Supreme Court and in all eleven federal circuit courts of appeals are filled.

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Hailey Heins Joins Cloud to Ground as Director of Post Production

Heins will oversee all post production activities for Cloud to Ground, including staffing, scheduling, budgeting and workflow optimizations. She will manage a team that includes post supervisors, coordinators, production assistants, and editors, and work on projects ranging from features, scripted and unscripted series, branded content, documentaries, and commercials.  

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Auction set for $4.5 million, 2-acre Buckhead estate and filming location

The eight-bedroom, seven and a half bath home encompasses 15,738 square feet and is surrounded by a private 2-acre lot with a gated entrance. The home was built by former three-time Super Bowl champion tackle Steve Wallace of the San Francisco 49ers and has been a favorite location for filming TV shows, movies, music videos and commercials.

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Long days on set rewarding for former city paramedic

As a young kid growing up in Powder Springs, Met Clark would sit in his parent’s house and watch movies that were made far away in Hollywood. He watched everything from gut-busting comedies to thrillers with daring rescues and stunts. But he never dreamt of flying out West to join the action.

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The SCAD Savannah Film Festival is going virtual

The SCAD Savannah Film Festival returns in its 23rd year as an all-virtual presentation Oct. 24-31, 2020. Connect with cinephiles worldwide as you watch live film premieres and unique, interactive programming from the comfort and safety of your home!

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Paul Jenkins’ CIMFest Keynote Released

Paul Jenkins provided a perfect cap to CIMFest back in June, and we wanted to share the video of his presentation now in order to remind you of the quality of the people willing to share their insights with GGDA members. Enjoy!

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Annual Georgia Film Festival turns to digital venue

Scheduled for Oct. 2-3, the annual festival transitioned to a virtual event because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The University of North Georgia’s (UNG) Department of Communication, Media and Journalism will host the event, which previously was held in-person on the Gainesville Campus.

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2020: POST AT 6 FEET or 60,000 FEET APART

Although we never envisioned slinging hand sanitizer, masking, and homeschooling as a part of our feature-color-finishing or TV-series-mixing process, we welcomed this new level of collaboration and fully immersed ourselves in the one thing we did see coming in 2020: remote post-production workflow. 

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SIEGE Investment Conference Open for Applicants

The SIEGE Investment Conference is the oldest investment conference in the Southeast that focuses on video games and related industries. It gives entrepreneurs in these industries an opportunity to pitch their business concepts to potential investors.

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Job Creation Up In First Two Months of Fiscal Year

August data shows job creation from new Georgia projects has already reached one-third of the total jobs reported for fiscal year 2020, and investments are up 11% over July. Despite COVID-19, job creation is 1.5 times higher than the same two months last year.

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‘Fangoria’ Eyes Relaunch as Multimedia Studio Following Purchase

The brand and an archive of material stretching back to the magazine’s 1979 debut have been purchased by Wanderwall Entertainment CEO Tara Ansley (Beast Beast, Tragedy Girls) and entrepreneur Abhi Goel in a deal that will maintain the current quarterly release schedule of Fangoria’s print magazine, as well as editor-in-chief Phil Nobile Jr. and managing editor Meredith Borders.

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Savannah Regional Film Commission Update

We have two independent productions currently filming, as well as several other companies exploring options for fall and winter.  Currently the key to a successful film shoot is the implementation of safety plans and Covid protocols.

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MPA Statement on the Global Effort to End SPARKS Piracy Operations

“The MPA applauds the work of our global law enforcement partners for putting an end to the piracy operations conducted by SPARKS. As the MPA continues to protect the entertainment industry and the creative works it produces, it is gratifying to see such a strong coordinated effort to dismantle one of the world’s largest piracy enterprises.”

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Georgia HB 1037 Instills Integrity for ‘Hollywood of the South’

Indeed, the new legislation provides for stricter rules and audit requirements, while increasing the time it takes for productions to monetize the tax credit benefits. These measures, and a few more discussed below, are intended to address critics and inconsistencies with the current tax credit quantification process in a manner that results in a win-win for all involved.

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Etowah Film Festival Going Virtual in September

During September 10-13, the festival will screen a mix of local, national, and international short and feature films streamed via RoleCallWatch. Along with films, the festival will include social media filmmaker interviews, panels and behind-the-scenes content.

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A Tough Decision & Message To Our Fans, Atlanta Movie Tours to close

Atlanta Movie Tours opened in 2012 with the dream of bringing #GeorgiaFilm to life for fans and for 8 years, we have done our best to bring you all of the best in Georgia entertainment. We couldn’t have done it without our amazing staff and partners and our sincerest appreciation goes out to each and every one of you.

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GGDA-SIEGE Meeting 7 pm Aug. 25

2020 has been a crazy year for everyone, including the GGDA. From our COVID guidelines to our Unreal Engine grant to our new insurance opportunity to members, we have been adding more ways to help everyone in the Association.

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More about Georgia’s Mandate to Audit Film and TV Tax Credits

Only 12% of projects were audited in 2016, but even those audits did not uncover about $4 million in ineligible expenditures in eight projects, according to the DOAA. Under the new law, the Department of Revenue will be required to adopt new audit standards and to maintain a list of independent auditors eligible to complete the work.

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HBCU esports league to debut next week

The $1.5 billion esports industry, which is largely populated by white men, has few Black faces. That has begun to change over the past month with the formation of a historically Black college and university (HBCU) league on the horizon.

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Sapelo Insurance: Things to consider as productions begin again

So what are some of the changes we are seeing in the COVID-19 environment? For certain, it has taken more time to get policies approved with additional questions being asked. We are advising all clients to start the process earlier than before to ensure the production is not delayed due to a delay in the policy issuance.

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IATSE comments on the introduction of the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection and Schools (HEALS) Act

When Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in late-March – providing temporary economic relief for entertainment workers – it was already clear that subsequent COVID-19 legislation would be required in short order to address substantial issues that working people continue to face as a result of the ongoing pandemic.

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Statement from MPA on the Passing of Congressman John Lewis

In the film, television, and streaming industry especially, we understand the importance of how words and stories can challenge our view of society, and how they can make an everlasting impact on our history. Few Americans have changed the course of history like Congressman John Lewis did through his words and actions.

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740+ Businesses Make Georgia Safety Promise

Launched a little over a week ago, the Georgia Safety Promise is a public-private partnership and safety campaign to remind Georgia businesses and the public of the importance of following COVID-19 safety guidelines by agreeing to simple – yet critical – measures that help protect Georgians from COVID-19, minimize spread of the virus, and keep Georgia open for business.

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David Glanzer on Comic-Con and Going Virtual

For the past 50 years, Comic-Con has grown into the Mecca for all things Comics. Collectors, fans, and self-proclaimed geeks, as well as comic-book authors, exhibitors, and TV & movie stars, have all flocked to downtown San Diego to celebrate the 4-day event.

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Socially Distant Shows at Red Clay

Our shows will have limited seating (roughly 75 available out of 260) and will be streamed online on YouTube (with a Tip Jar for the performers). The shows will be GENERAL ADMISSION. We will seat people in PODS (probably in groups of 2,4,6,8,10 and 12). 

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Editorial: ‘Council of Dads’ cancellation a big loss for Savannah

Some people were naturally upset — a number of locals worked behind the scenes, performed background work for various episodes and had a steady flow of income for the multiple months the series made Savannah its home base. Others veered more negative, lamenting their opinion of the poor quality of the show as reason enough to ignore its departure from the NBC lineup.

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Doing the Work: Kirsten Schaffer, Women in Film

The Executive Director of Los Angeles-based Women in Film – Kirsten Schaffer – was an LGBTQ activist from her early youth. Programming film festivals was a way to channel her energies since she quickly realized that “stories have the power to change hearts and minds, and that cultural change precedes political change”.

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Georgia Produced Reality Show “Gamemaster” Partners With Makerforce

The upcoming esports reality show, GAMEMASTER has announced a partnership with  MakerForce, a grassroots emergency response organization, to expand its efforts in the fight against coronavirus. The partnership will allow both organizations to expand their reach and provide PPE supplies to an even larger network of medical providers in need.

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